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Tight, single market for marijuana best for California, experts say




Alternative Herbal Health Services worker Jason Beck packages medical marijuana in San Francisco, California.
Alternative Herbal Health Services worker Jason Beck packages medical marijuana in San Francisco, California.
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The Public Policy Institute of California is arguing that if the Golden State legalizes recreational marijuana use, the market should be highly regulated.

“Highly regulated” would include tracking sales and cultivation, limiting the number of business licenses issued, and developing a DUI-testing method that could yield results accurate enough to be permissible in court. The argument is backed by a recent study released by the PPIC.

The study focused on finding how to best regulate the drug while limiting the impact of the illegal market, reducing harm to public health and safety and raising revenue for the state. Suggested regulations were inspired by approaches adopted by Washington and Colorado.

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act is predicted to make the state’s November ballot; it would make recreational use legal for adults 21 years and older.

Would you like to see marijuana legalized? What are some of your concerns if the drug becomes legal? How much of an impact would it have on the illegal market?

Regulating Marijuana in California

Guests:

Patrick Murphy, Coauthor of the report and research director at the Public Policy Institute of California

Nate Bradley, Executive Director and cofounder of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA)